Buying an RV to live in is a major decision that can affect your finances, relationships and lifestyle. For some owners, it has proven to be one of the best decisions for their living situation.
Whether you want to embrace the nomadic lifestyle or park your RV and live stationary, an RV can be a great home. However, when looking for a full-time residence rather than a weekend home, the choices look a little different.
Today, we’re sharing some of the best tips for buying a mobile home to live in. We wish we had these tips when we were shopping years ago!
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Can you live permanently in a mobile home?
You can live permanently in a mobile home. Many people choose to live in a mobile home, either to enjoy living in a small space or to take advantage of the potential financial savings. However, before you move your belongings in, you should find out about the legal conditions in the place where you want to live.
In some areas, a mobile home is not considered a dwelling. They often require on-site amenities such as electricity, water, or waste disposal. If you do not have these facilities, there may be strict time restrictions on how long you can stay in your RV.
Do yourself a favor and read up on the legal aspects of living permanently in a mobile home before you venture too far. You don’t want to make a financial commitment without knowing the rules and regulations. Otherwise, you could be making a very costly mistake.
Is life hard in a mobile home?
Living in a mobile home can be challenging, but it depends a lot on your situation and preferences. For many who move into their RV, the transition is relatively easy. For others, however, it can be overwhelming.
Even the largest RVs aren’t much bigger than a few hundred square feet. Before you buy an RV, you need to downsize your possessions and maintain a minimalist lifestyle. Those who like to have a large living area might find living in such a small space challenging.
Plus, you don’t have to live in a mobile home for long before you realize how much maintenance it needs. It’s part of the lifestyle to take care of maintenance and repairs. Otherwise, your precious home on wheels could fall apart before you know it.
Can you save money by living in a mobile home?
With housing costs rising across the country, many are considering living in an RV to save money. However, while this lifestyle is a great way to save money, that’s not always the case. In some situations, living in a mobile home can be more expensive than a brick home.
Those who save the most money tend to live stationary in their mobile home. The less you move, the easier it is to save money. Many RV parks and campgrounds offer long-term stays and deep discounts for stays of several weeks or months.
Plus, you can save even more if you own the property where you live with your RV. It’s important to know that expenses can add up quickly if you’re planning a road trip across the country.
Campsites and fuel aren’t cheap. When you factor in monthly payments for the tow vehicle and RV, living in your RV can quickly become more expensive.